Skip Over Navigation Links

Jobs @ NIH - Discover a Career at NIH: It's About Life

Vacancy Announcement

Associate Director for Extramural Research and Director, NICHD

National Institutes of Health

THE POSITION:The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), a major research component of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), seeks to identify an exceptional and visionary leader to serve as the Institute’s Associate Director for Extramural Research and Director of the Division of Extramural Research. This is a senior leadership position within the NICHD, involving the management of scientific, policy and administrative matters of the extramural research programs of the Institute.  The incumbent oversees the activities of the Institute’s extramural research programs and manages scientific peer review, award, and post-award activities related to research, development, and training grants and contracts in maternal and child health, family health and well-being, and medical rehabilitation.  The depth and breadth of NICHD’s extramural research programs are significant and involve over 3,100 research projects, a budget in excess of 1.1 billion dollars, and a staff of 130 individuals.

This position offers a unique and exciting opportunity for an extremely capable individual to develop and implement an overall vision for the Institute’s extramural research activities.  The incumbent reports to the Director, NICHD, and serves as the Director’s advisor on extramural scientific and policy issues.  He/she oversees the activities of the extramural staff on matters relevant to the conduct of the Institute’s extramural research and training activities; plans, develops, coordinates, and evaluates the Institute’s diverse extramural programs; manages resource allocations including staff, physical, and financial resources; maintains staff through recruitment and training efforts; ensures effective program operations; and serves as Executive Secretary of the National Advisory Child Health and Human Development Council.  He/she represents an authoritative source of scientific expertise, provides scientific and policy leadership, develops and articulates NICHD scientific and disease-related priorities, keeps abreast of the latest scientific advances and identifies opportunities not yet explored.  The incumbent coordinates the work of the extramural Branches to facilitate sharing of ideas and to enhance communication and collaboration. The incumbent serves as a member of the Institute’s senior leadership team to coordinate program planning activities and to participate in final decisions affecting scientific priorities and funding levels on scientific breakthroughs as they impact upon major diseases and disorders. The incumbent serves as a staff expert and consultant to senior level NIH and NICHD officials and staff on issues related to the mission of the Institute.

Required Qualifications

Applicants must possess an M.D., Ph.D., or equivalent degree; have demonstrated scientific leadership in an extramural research program of national and international standing in an area relevant to the mission of the NICHD, and which must have included managing policies and procedures related to extramural research administration; and have well-honed administrative and interpersonal skills.  This experience may be gained via senior level research experiences as a principal investigator of a grant or contract; or, may be otherwise gained through active involvement in initiating research projects, developing protocols, conducting studies, documenting findings, interpreting results in a published report or journal, supervising staff, and managing a budget.  Preference will be given to those known and respected within their profession, both nationally and internationally, as distinguished individuals of outstanding scientific competence and those who possess a record of achievement as a senior scientific administrator/executive leader.


Bethesda, Maryland (NIH Main Campus)


Salary is competitive and will be commensurate with the experience of the candidate.  A full package of Federal Civil Service benefits is available, including: retirement, health and life insurance, long term care insurance, leave, and a Thrift Savings Plan (401K equivalent).  The successful candidate is subject to a background investigation and financial disclosure requirements.

How To Apply

Interested candidates should submit a letter of interest, including a brief description of research and administrative experience; curriculum vitae and bibliography; and full contact information for three references.  Application packages should be sent via e-mail to Mr. Michael Rosenthal at:  Questions should be directed to Mr. Rosenthal on 301-443-7414.

Applications should be received by January 1, 2015.

HHS and NIH are Equal Opportunity Employers

This page last reviewed on October 28, 2014

Social Media Links